November 26, 2010 |
Woodland Hills Taft quarterback Michael Bercovici insisted his team is much better now than it was the first game of the season. On Friday night, the fifth-seeded Toreadors went out and proved it, forcing three fumbles and four interceptions and using a well-balanced attack to upset fourth-seeded Los Angeles Dorsey, 35-18, in a City Section Division I quarterfinal game at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Rancho Cienega Park. Host Dorsey had beaten Taft, 37-24, on the same field in the Toreadors' season opener Sept.
November 21, 1998 |
The Taft High girls' volleyball team didn't have a problem building early leads in its City Section Division Championship final Friday night against Fremont. But trying to close the Pathfinders out was as futile as trying to hit through a brick wall. The second-seeded Toreadors fell, 16-14, 15-8, 15-12, at Occidental College after squandering big leads in the first and third games to fourth-seeded Fremont (14-2). "Being behind didn't bother them one bit," Taft Coach Doug Magorien said.
November 17, 2000 |
He's no longer Steve Smith of Taft High. Just call him Stevie Wonder. The record-breaking sophomore wide receiver caught two touchdown passes Thursday night and returned an interception 49 yards for another touchdown to help Taft pull away in the second half for a 54-33 victory over Marshall in a City Championship opener. Smith, only 15 but with unlimited talent, finished with five receptions for 118 yards, raising his school-record season totals to 87 catches for 1,530 yards and 16 touchdowns.
June 25, 2000 |
After spending the last two years on the Alemany High sideline as the backup quarterback to his older brother, left-hander Ricky Clausen showed Saturday he's more than ready to step out of Casey's shadow. In his first summer passing tournament since transferring to Taft, Clausen, who will be a senior in the fall, led the Toreadors to the Beverly Hills tournament championship Saturday at Beverly Hills High.
May 12, 1999 |
Mental toughness. That's what could propel Taft High's volleyball team to a City title. Armed with a group of players that respond when challenged, the Toreadors knocked off visiting Poly, 15-8, 14-16, 15-6, 15-6, on Tuesday in a City Championship semifinal match.
January 21, 2011 |
Give Woodland Hills Taft Coach Derrick Taylor a top point guard and he'll usually put together a team to contend for a City Section basketball championship. In 2004, the Toreadors won behind Jordan Farmar. In 2008, they won with Larry Drew Jr. leading the way. And in 2011, they could be celebrating another City title with Colorado-bound Spencer Dinwiddie at the controls. The 6-foot-4 Dinwiddie has a calming effect on his teammates. His team struggled Friday night against Reseda Cleveland when he went to the bench in the first quarter with two fouls.